On 9/02/06, Toby's Mom wrote:
> I wish you all the best in your efforts to purchase this
> Goffin. First you need to scour the internet on Goffin
> prices so you can know whether or not you are paying way too
> much. I did a quick Google search and saw some older Goffins
> for sale at around $400-$500. Let the store owner know you
> have done your homework and know the going prices.
> If it were me, I'd ask the petstore owner if the bird has
> had a complete medical workup by a avian vet and could I see
> a copy of the results. Most likely he hasn't had a workup.
> Then I would tell the owner it is going to cost $200 or so
> for all the tests the bird should have done and I want the
> price reduced by $200. I'd also get a written guarantee that
> I can return the bird after the vet visit if there are
> extreme medical issues.
> If the pet store owner continues to try to hold the bird
> hostage for a ridiculous sale price, you could complain that
> the bird is not kept in proper size cage, etc and you are
> going to contact the local humane society and file a
> complaint. Now that may either make the store owner want to
> give you the bird for a good price or it may piss him off
> and you are back to square one. Whatever, I hope you prevail
> and this little guy gets a good home. Let us know what
Oh come on!!! Just pay the flippin $600 and take the bird
home...You can't threaten folks into being "fair" and you most
certainly will be laughed at if you ask for a vet work up...as
we have established this is not a reputable source for bird
Pony up, I'll send you the extra $100
If you're more concerned about "not being taken" than the
welfare of the bird...move along and wait until Spring.
"Ask for a medical work-up from an avian vet."
C'mon ...threaten to call the humane society. If it were my
establishment I'd throw your butt out.